Indian Bridal Customs

Every bride and groom aspires to have the most memorable marriage of their life. There are many different things you can do to create your huge evening special and personalized for you, but there are a few classic components that must be present for an Indian marriage to actually take place.

The man is escorted down the aisle during the Baraat, or entrance of the wedding, on either the arms of his associates or a light horse. He is dressed in a gorgeous headdress with an elegant Kalgi brooch and an elaborate sherwani suit. His family travels with him, and the guys typically carry a basket of rolled wheat to add to the holy fire.

The wedding is welcomed by her couple’s home upon entering and led to the Mandap, or symbolic building, where she will be waiting for her future partner. A mangalsutra, which is essentially a platinum necklace with charcoal beads, is worn around the bride’s neck as the couple trades Milni Malas, or flower wreaths. Additionally, he recites Hindu mantras that call upon Soma, Gandharva, and Agni to bestow his new family with youth, durability, beauty.

The final act of the ceremony, known as kanya primo, or the bride’s giving ahead, is a very passing event. The wife dips her feet in a butter and vermilion combination to symbolize accepting her position as the mind of her family while the groom’s family holds her close and showers him with gifts of clothing and jewelry. She finally summons Lakshmi, the goddess of love, beauty, and prosperity, by leaving red footprints on the ground.

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